A three-month trial of a food waste collection service has started in Whittlesea.

The trial will run in parts of Thomastown, Lalor, Mernda, Doreen and Mill Park.

As reported by Star Weekly, the trial will be open to people living in those suburbs who have garden waste bins.

It will be rolled out across the rest of the municipality by March 2020.

Mayor Lawrie Cox said the food waste collection would play an important role in supporting residents to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

“We understand the current recycling situation is frustrating for residents but we are working on a variety of options behind the scenes to find a long-term solution,” he said.

“The food waste program will aid in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

“In the City of Whittlesea, more than 40 per cent of the weight in an average garbage bin is food waste.”

Cr Cox said the food waste collected in the garden bins during the trial would be composted which council would then be able to reuse in local parks and open spaces.

Residents in selected trial areas will have already received a kitchen caddy, compostable bin liners and an information kit.


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